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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes drifted in early trading today, a day after the market hit its latest record high. Major markets in Europe rallied after a European Central Bank official said the bank would step up its stimulus program.

The Standard & Poor's 500 was up less than 0.1 percent, the Dow Jones industrial average inched up 0.1 percent, while the Nasdaq composite slipped 0.1 percent.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Three Chinese nationals educated and employed in the United States and three others have been charged with stealing U.S. wireless technology. The indictment unsealed today charges the six with conspiring to steal technology developed by two U.S. companies that eliminates interference from wireless communications. One man was arrested Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving on a flight from China. The other five are believed to be in China.

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. regulators are investigating the Nissan Versa subcompact after getting reports that a coil spring in the front suspension can fracture and cut the tires. The investigation involves approximately 130,000 Versas from the 2008 through 2010 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has gotten 93 complaints from drivers about the issue and one report of a crash, but no reports of deaths or injuries related to the issue. Nissan is cooperating with the investigation.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it will build a $750 million natural gas plant to replace its troubled coal-fired Asheville plant. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is turning to cleaner energy to generate electricity. The 650-megawatt natural gas plant should open by 2019, and the 376-megawatt coal plant will be retired.

NEW YORK (AP) — The colonel shall return. KFC is bringing back Colonel Sanders as the fried chicken chain seeks to refresh its image. The company also plans to redesign its restaurants, with light fixtures shaped like chicken buckets and quotes from Colonel Sanders hanging on the wall. The announcement comes a couple of weeks after rival McDonalds said it's bringing back the Hamburglar to TV ads.

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